Award for outstanding foster couple

A dedicated foster couple have had their hard work recognised at a county awards ceremony.

Foster carers Pauline and Tony Sophianou were rewarded for their commitment to fostering at Herts County Council’s Foster Care Appreciation Awards at County Hall last week.

The couple, who lived in Stevenage before moving to Yorkshire recently, provided long-term care for a young man with health problems and significant disabilities.

Neena Khosla, head of special services at the council said they had given him “many wonderful opportunities” over years of care.

“They have supported him through illness and operations. Their positive attitude towards his disabilities and care needs have enabled him to experience adventures, trips and holidays,” she said.

“This award is recognition and thanks for the work they have done, the time and energy they have given and that they did this for love and the desire to give a little boy who is now a young man the best life possible.”

More than 100 carers from across the county were rewarded for long and exceptional service at the awards.

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The authority urged anyone thinking of joining its team of foster carers to contact 0800 9170925 or go to


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